American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wide flat limb, as of a seal, whale, or other aquatic mammal, adapted for swimming.
- n. A rubber covering for the foot having a flat flexible portion that widens as it extends forward from the toes, used in swimming and diving. Also called fin1.
- n. A flat lever in a pinball machine, used to hit the ball so it stays in play.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A limb used to swim with. The fin of a fish.
- n. The hand: as, give us your flipper.
- n. Part of a scene, hinged and painted on both sides, used in trick changes.
- n. A flapjack; a kind of griddle-cake.
- n. In a sawmill, a steam-operated device for flipping, upsetting, or throwing over a log, cant, or piece of timber from a set of live rolls to other rolls, or for throwing a log out of the log-slide to the log-deck preparatory to rolling it down the sloping deck to the log-loader.
- n. in marine mammals such as whales, a wide flat limb, adapted for swimming
- n. a flat, wide, paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
- n. a flat lever in a pinball machine, used to keep the ball in play
- n. cricket A type of ball bowled by a leg spin bowler, which spins backwards and skids off the pitch with a low bounce
- n. informal, US television remote control, clicker
- n. dated, slang The hand.
- n. dentistry A kind of false tooth, usually temporary.
- v. To lift one or both flipper out of the water and slap the surface of the water
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A broad flat limb used for swimming, as those of seals, sea turtles, whales, etc.
- n. (Naut.), Slang The hand.
- n. a shoe for swimming; the paddle-like front is an aid in swimming (especially underwater)
- n. the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for swimming
- flip + -er (Wiktionary)
“A few days after my upper left first bicuspid was yanked, my dentist gave me what he calls a flipper, a dead ringer for a real tooth, aged to match the rest of my flawed set.”
“In other words, imagine that the coin flipper has a head in his hand.”
“ REST It's hard to imagine an accessory more untrendy than "flipper" - style rests.”
“Reference to the diagrams will show that the tormentors have a "flipper," which runs to the proscenium arch wall; in the flipper is usually a door or a curtained opening for the entrances and exits of acts in One.”
“Here’s the problem with the coin example: you’re assuming that the flipper is flipping both coins, and then saying, “One of them is a head.””
“A person would have to be a very bad coin flipper to get results that are worse than those shown in the S&P study.”
“To decide between the two, I virtually flipped a coin, courtesy of random.org's virtual coin flipper function.”
“Stated another way, the coin and the coin flipper must be independent of time.”
“Moreover, the data gathering becomes invalid if the coin flipper begins to develop a skill in flipping coins.”
“Both the coin and the coin flipper must be unchanging over time.”
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